Seattle University’s College of Education online Master’s Degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers and our English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement are designed to provide professional educators with the invaluable skills and knowledge to support language acquisition and learning for K-12 students, as well as the ability to apply your new knowledge to classroom environments in real time. Your experience begins in our English Language Learner Endorsement Academy with a progression to the English Language Learner Master’s Degree.
Students speak over 100 languages at home in our Washington state schools. Districts need teachers who are knowledgeable and skilled in working with these students, and this degree and endorsement meets that critical need today. Whether you are currently enrolled and are seeking to add the endorsement or interested in our master’s program, our flexible online program supports your needs as working education professional and leader.
Our program prepares you to deliver on a critical need in your role as an educator and instructional leader to support students from varying language backgrounds. By combining our ELL endorsement program of 24 continuing education (CEU) credits with an additional 24 credits of graduate coursework, our nationally recognized College of Education provides you a degree that costs 25% less than our typical master’s programs.
Our program emphasizes a sociocultural approach to the needs of English language learners that will build your knowledge and skills in working with students, as well as your leadership skills in advocating for them in larger systems. You’ll be prepared to navigate and shape the educational policies that serve ELL students at school, district and state levels. Following is more detail on the program:
The ELL endorsement is offered through our Professional Learning Office, allowing you to take advantage of a much lower credit hour rate. This year-long program of eight courses meets in virtual, synchronous sessions twice a week in the evenings, with additional asynchronous work required throughout the week.
The additional 24 hours of graduate credits will also be offered online and can be completed in one year if you take two classes per quarter. You also have the option of taking these courses over a longer period of time. Graduate courses are offered in an asynchronous online format.
Regular Internet access and a working computer that meets our minimum standards are required to take online courses at Seattle University.
Washington state has made PESB retooling funds available for high need areas that include Special Education. Also, many school districts are offering financial support to teachers obtaining high need endorsements. Be sure to explore tuition reimbursement with your employing district and follow these links to determine what support is available to you.
Learn more how we provide Washington state teachers, regardless of where they live, affordable preparation for the required WEST-E exam.
Senior Program Administrative Assistant
Educating Non-Native English Speakers (ENES), Master in Teaching (MIT), Special Education (SPED)
Phone: (206) 296-5759
Building/Room: Loyola 506